Worth Doing Well



For several weeks I have struggled with a matter concerning a labyrinth. Finally, I stepped away from the situation.  Yet, my distress continues.  So, in an attempt to be philosophical and move away from raw emotions here is where I am.

  1. Breathing helps:  Heart Math with heart focused breathing…picturing a place of safety, happiness, calm…feeling gratitude (not just thinking about it, but choosing to feel it)…and asking, “What is a more appropriate way to be with this situation?”
  2. Tonglen:   “Pema Chödrön teaches us “sending and taking,” an ancient Buddhist practice to awaken compassion. With each in-breath, we take in others’ pain. With each out-breath, we send them relief.”  We do this with and for ourselves, too. Compassion. Agape. Grace.
  3. Communication is important. Perfunctory reply emails that lack content are useless and demean the sender.  No replies, especially to an observation, a question, a concern are passive-aggressive and unprofessional. They complicate matters. And, my professional sharing information, perspectives, possible solutions apparently were not welcome.
  4. I had a vested interest in the project that spanned several dimensions. One is that as a Veriditas trained and certified labyrinth facilitator and since I was invited to do a workshop, I expected foundational work to be done appropriately and correctly .  If that foundational work is done poorly, then that compromises everyone’s integrity. 
  5. Perhaps best written to summarize is the poem by Marge Piercy:  ” The work of the world is as common as mud.  Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust. But the thing worth doing well done has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.”

By contrast the program at Unity Center’s “Prayer-a-thon” was so exciting, energizing and light.  Prairiewoods’ “Adult Summer Camp” will be tons of fun and energizing. And at both, materials were well assembled and available.  And, the Midwest Reiki Festival coming up in September will be stellar! Thank you, Unity, PW and Midwest Reiki Festival organizers.  The shape was and is satisfying, clean and evident.

About marionpatterson

From the Heartland: Marion is a master educator, writer, Veriditas Trained and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, a member of the Veriditas Council, creator and workshop promoter, and environmental educator. A Holy Fire II Usui and Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministries Certified Practitioner (HTSM-CP), Advanced Integrated Energy Therapy practitioner she seeks to connect with others in their knowledge and spiritual quests. She leads Healing Talking Circles using the principles embraced by indigenous populations and in Restorative Justice Circles. She and her husband, Rich, co-own Winding Pathways LLC and live in Eastern Iowa. "Encouraging people to create wondrous yards." Go outside and Play!
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